PSP gets first DLC-only Capcom game

Japanese publisher will digitally distribute Fate/Unlimited Codes to gamers directly to PSPs--or via the portable's PC store--this summer for $29.99.

When it was finally revealed that Patapon 2 would be available only via digital distribution, Sony was careful to refer to this release as a "test-case scenario" and "a one-time thing." Now, Capcom is joining the PSP downloadable-content experiment by releasing a new game solely through the PlayStation Store, which can send games directly to the portable or to a PC where it can be transferred.

I got your interactive anime right here!

The game is Fate/Unlimited Codes, a fighting game based on a 2008 Japanese arcade and PlayStation 2 game of the same name. Those games were themselves inspired by Fate/Stay Night, the 2006 visual novel, or interactive anime, for the PC and PS2. Like most members of the fighting oeuvre, the game will feature a tournamentlike structure, set in a small town in Japan. There, seven pairs of "masters" and "servants" duke it out using a variety of weapons for an all-powerful, wish-granting artifact.

The original Fate/Unlimited Codes' combat system has been tweaked for the PSP's control layout, making attacks "easier" with the "most basic fighting controls" in the portable version, according to Capcom. It will support local ad-hoc multiplayer for up to two people, and will also feature more than 250 missions and minigames in single-player mode, as well dozens of unlockable items such as costumes.

Developed by Eighting (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom), Fate/Unlimited Codes will be available this winter for $29.99 in the US and Canada. It is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

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Poisoned_Waffle
Poisoned_Waffle

I would rather they just brought Fate/Stay Night over, though I guess I shouldn't complain since it was fan translated. Maybe we've got a shot at Higurashi Daybreak now?

grendel489
grendel489

Something tells me this game isn't going to come close to Soul Calibur and Tekken. Reminiscent of Guilty Gear but after getting a taste of all the characters and cool art style etc, that really isn't great either. *shrug*

Lazule
Lazule

I can not WAIT for this game to come out! And why would downloading be any different than buying the hard-copy? Sure it takes space on your SD card but whatever. That might as well be your "Hard-Copy". I wouldn't mind getting a UMD for this but I would download it if they didn't have a UMD for it anyway.

gamingmatrix
gamingmatrix

Fate/Unlimited Codes (Fate: Unlimited Codes) is coming out for PSP in hard-copy form in Japan on June 18, 2009. There will be No Region Protection on this game so it can play on any PSP worldwide. Check out your favourite Japan game import site for more information.

haishido
haishido

I could get into this game. I like the guilty gear meets mvc esque feel it has.

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

@Hvac0120 - Yeah, you're right. But given the price discount of 5 bucks on PSN with Patapon 2. I can't help but feel that they are punishing people for not using credit cards or for being fearful of identification theft. I mean, there are still lots of parents out there that fear entering any credit card information, through the internet. It's like, "Oh you're afraid? Then give me more money."

prioritymail
prioritymail

Eww...I would always like to be able to hold onto my games physically, any other way just doesn't feel right.

majere613
majere613

Hmm, does look a little pricey, but I'm a sucker for fighters, Japanese games, and games made by Capcom and this is all three of them, rats! Time to go back on the bread-and-water diet for another week, then... :)

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Threesixtyci - One way publishers have been addressing the "but I'm a minor" issue is by selling activation codes at retail. This way, a minor can go to Walmart, Target, Best Buy or wherever and purchase the game from there. Then they take the activation code home (or to the nearest McDonalds or Starbucks) and download the game. _

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

So now, we have this, SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny and Tekken 6 all coming to PSP! I'm going to be in Fighting Game heaven!

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

...looks like none of these idea guys give much thought to minors. Who'll have to steal their mother's credit card to buy games, now.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Usually I would complain about not having a hard copy, but here's the good thing about how they are doing this content... When you download the PSP game file, you get the entire game. You don't need a connection to the internet any more. Once you have the file it's yours. You can then store it on any physical media you want for backup. If this is how digital distribution works in the future, I will be happy with it. It's things like XBLA where I have to connect to live in order to re-download my game every time with zero options for storing on another local device for later. _

dragonsama
dragonsama

$30.00 for a Downloadible game?!? that's a big Rip off!!!!!!! for $30 I better be getting a psychical copy of the game For $20 I might think about it. for $15 or less Ya I might buy.

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

Cool. I love fighting games and I have a PSP so I'm looking forward.

especensor
especensor

by the guys that made tatsunoko vs capcom!? count me interested!!

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

What's this?! Capcom offering unlockable costumes in the game, instead of as an Add-on?! Haha, I'm kidding, calm down. Seriously, this game looks pretty damn sweet. Between this and SC: BD, looks like a good time to be a Fighting game fan and a PSP owner. However, I will agree that $30 for a DLC game is a lot. There are console DLC games that don't get near that high... including on PS3.

gazza_gamerNZ
gazza_gamerNZ

I am the game of my PSP. 3D is my body, and fighting is my blood. I have created over a thousand K.O's. Unknown to UMD. Nor known to Nintendo DS. Have withstood pain to create many combos. Yet, those hands will never beat anything. So as I play, 'Unlimited Code Works!'

Cloud_668
Cloud_668

Seriously, how the hell is a visual novel "interactive anime" now with most of them having only static graphics other than opening sequences

Everiez
Everiez

DLC only for US and Canada. Europe, Asia and the rest will get hard copy just like Patapon 2 case.

Guzthon
Guzthon

I agree too DanBal76. I'm also a 2D old school gamer. I prefer to buy the game disc (or cartridge) with the manual books than downloading form the PC or the PS3. "That's a BIG mistake Capcom. You should release form the game box instead of downloading".

robfield
robfield

I will always prefer to have a hard copy in my hand. I don't feel comfortable downloading anything over $15

ascalon94
ascalon94

dont really care haha bring me better games

DanBal76
DanBal76

Well, you can call me old school, but i like to hold the game box, read the game manual and see the game media in the palm of my hands. I will always prefer retail over digital distribution, even if that means i have to pay more.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Well its 30 bucks instead of 40 so I guess its kinda-of a good move. And Patapon2 is only 15 bucks instead of 20...which isn't much of a cut but still a good deal. If the cuts were bigger say...half off for downloaded games then people would start considering it more and eventually be all for it.

rbrignoni
rbrignoni

Obviously Sony doesn't get it. Drop the price of DLC games to no more than $19.99, anything more is a turn off.

alabama_redneck
alabama_redneck

I like the download only idea saves me gas money, but downloads take forever, and electronics are to unreliable. I want some thing physical from my purchase

Genexi2
Genexi2

Beats having to fumble slow-loading, battery-eating UMDs. Sign me up.

Eribuster_basic
Eribuster_basic

This is totally unexpected. A Fate game getting an official localization!

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I wish I could have a credit card! :(

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

To answer a few users, we want lower prices for dowloadable games because the companies will be saving a large sum of money by switching to this system. Packaging, design, distribution, retailers taking a cut, manufacturing, shipping, etc. This will also help prevent piracy, another drain on game companies. If companies are going to raise prices for the above reasons, they need to also lower them when those factors are lessened or negated entirely. Especially because it will be on us to pay for the storage devices to hold all the data.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Hmm, I prefer a hard copy on UMD. DLC is good when you can make backups in case of hardware failure. :|

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Download-only sucks, $30 sucks...but seeing a release of a Fate/ game over here is quite mindblowing. I'll just have to get it.

Raiden_Kitsune
Raiden_Kitsune

I never thought it would come out here! Great news, I can't wait! ^^

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

This game looks awesome and I would love to buy it if it weren't for the fact that it is so bloomin' pricey. I mean, the yanks get it for 30 bucks but here in the UK i gotta shell out 30 quid! So far I haven't paid over 19 quid for any of my 9 AAA PS3 games so I'm not gunna pay more than that just for a PSP game. Hey if I was rich then I would for sure.

chappy_man
chappy_man

looks alright not sure id want to pay 29.99 for dlc though.

xaos
xaos

Why do people expect a price break on DD titles? Are you getting less of a game?

zakkess
zakkess

i think the price for the hard copies should be done about an extra $5 depending on the game. because for digital u dont have to use gas to go to a store and get it. also buying the game at gamestop or someplace helps keep them in business

jasonharris48
jasonharris48

The game looks good good. But the $29.99 prce is a little high for a game that only digital download

nintendoman562
nintendoman562

I think these should be $25 max. Charging a downloadable game for the same price as a hard copy is too much.

vf21x
vf21x

$30.00 for a digital download????? PASS!!

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Whoa. Fate/Unlimited Codes? That was quite the surprise. :)

TheChronoMaster
TheChronoMaster

Oh wow, this is totally unexpected. Recently finished the Visual Novel's "Heaven's Feel" route, fantastic storyline. Let me say that Fate/Stay Night is very much worth looking into (not so much the anime as the original game).